Director: Xan Aranda | USA 2010 | 80 min
"I am what I do". The multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird is a free spirit whose musical world is his oyster, as he mixes swing, New Orleans jazz, gypsy, indie folk and rock in loops - and tops it all with his characteristic whistling. Even if he refuses to compromise with his music, Bird is nonetheless a prolific and highly inventive gentleman, who last year released his 10th album. And he has found the time to play together with other bands such as Calexico, Loney Dear and St. Vincent, who returns the favour by taking part in the film. The people have adopted this lost bird, and "Fever Year" follows the musician during the last exhausting months of his latest tour. From the family's derelict farm to the beautiful Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, and to the point where he rounds off both his tour and the evening with a concert in his home town of Chicago - both with fever and on crutches (!). If you have been lucky enough to experience one of his many concerts, you know that you never know what you"ll get. For his songs change character each time he plays them - and even apart from that you can expect something great, as we invite you to a challenging tour through the entirely cosy and deeply musical mind of this eccentric.
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (USA, 2010, 80 min.)
Director: Xan Aranda. Camera: Aaron Wickenden, Peter Gilbert. Sound: Tom Herbers. Edit: Liz Kaar. : Ian Schneller. Cast: Andrew Bird, Annie Clark ("St. Vincent"), Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis. Producer: Xan Aranda.